The Draft.

Hula Hoops.

The Paddock

The Hustle Inn

Drive In movies.

Sunkin Gardens

One speed bicycles.

The Mickey Mouse Club.

Wax Lips and Mustaches.

Hide and go seek at dusk.

Mother May I? Red Rover.

When your Mom wore nylons

that  came  in  two  pieces.

When every adult had a title as

Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir, or Ma’am.

Jacks, Kickball, and dodge ball.

Catching lightening bugs in a jar.

When nearly everyone’s mom was

at home when the kids got there.

Sitting on the back porch listening

to   the   ballgame   on   the   radio.

Penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Listening to Superman on the radio.

When it took five minutes for the TV

to  warm  up, if  you  even  had  one.

When you picked up the phone and

the operator said, “Number Please?”

Running till you were out of breath.

When nobody owned a purebred dog.

When the only time you wore Sneakers

was  at  school,  for  gym  class.

Hopscotch, butterscotch, double dutch.

When a quarter was a decent allowance.

When being sent to the principal’s office

was nothing  compared  to  the  fate  that

  awaited  a  misbehaving  student  at home.

When girls never kissed on the first date.

When laundry detergent had free glasses,

 dishes or  towels  hidden  inside  the  box.

When you got your windshield cleaned oil

 checked, and gas pumped, without asking,

for  free,  every  time.  and  you  got  trading

stamps to boot!  And,  you didn’t  pay for air.

A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers.

Cops and Robbers…..Cowboys and Indians.

An ice cream cone on a warm summer night.

When you removed your hat and held your hand

over  your  heart  in  silence  during  the “Pledge

 of  Allegiance  or  the  National  Anthem.

When you’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When homework assignments were a daily routine.

A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.


May all your memories

Be warm and happy!